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Professor of Psychology Margaret Gatz is determined to help families of dementia sufferers recognize early symptoms of the disease. Photo by Matt Meindl.

Forgotten Memories

June 11, 2015

When aging grandfather and Mariachi musician Don Memo Valdez becomes increasingly forgetful and irritable, his family starts to worry. Don Memo’s wife expresses dismay at her husband’s memory lapses while his…

The study examined coverage of women’s sports by LA network affiliates and ESPN’s <em>SportsCenter</em>, seen here. Photo courtesy of

TV News Tunes Out Women’s Sports

June 10, 2015

A USC Dornsife study of TV news media has found that coverage of women’s sports has barely budged in a quarter-century, despite dramatic increases in the number of girls and women playing youth, high school, college and…

Tiffany Lian is conducting research in the laboratory of Professor Raymond Stevens, director of The Bridge@USC. Photo by Matt Meindl.

Targeting Hearts

June 10, 2015

While growing up in California, junior Tiffany Lian traveled annually to her father’s homeland of Indonesia. It pained her to see her grandfather suffer from a chronic heart condition — which, after many years…

Illustrations by Nigel Buchanan for <em>USC Dornsife Magazine</em>.

The Great Explorers

June 1, 2015

Although born generations apart, Virginia Carter and Alexia Tsotsis let their passions be their guide and broke through in male-dominated fields. Carter earned her wings in the aerospace industry before taking an unexpected…

Psychology alumna Kina Grannis is a 29-year-old singer-songwriter who runs her own music label. Photo by Yoni Goldberg.

In Her Element: Kina Grannis

June 1, 2015

In the era of vinyl records, when the album’s lyrics were printed in full on the back cover, it was easy to see what a singer wanted to express. Even cassette tapes included a printed insert of lyrics. These days, with…

Akir Gutierrez ’95 found growing up near USC was a key factor to his academic and career success. Photos courtesy of Akir Gutierrez.

Independence Days

May 28, 2015

When Akir Gutierrez ’95 was growing up on 37th Street and South Normandie Avenue in Los Angeles, he wasn’t aware of the formal relationship between achieving dreams and the power of visualization. This much,…

Dominique Byrd, seen here playing in 2004, received his degree in African American studies from USC Dornsife on May 15. Photo courtesy of USC Athletics.

NFL Vet Returns for Degree

May 19, 2015

It started with a promise. It was Feb. 6, 2002 — the day before his 18th birthday — and Dominique Byrd was about to sign his national letter of intent to play football for USC. For Cheryl Bowens, it would mean…

Wendy Garcia-Nava came to USC with support from the Neighborhood Academic Initiative. Photo by Gus Ruelas.

A Prophetic T-shirt

May 14, 2015

There’s a snapshot of Wendy Garcia-Nava as a fourth-grader that’s downright prophetic: She’s standing by a fountain in Pardee Plaza, shyly waving at the camera. The T-shirt she’s wearing reads:…

Meet three USC Dornsife graduating seniors: Shea Livingston, Karen Arcos and Thomas Armstrong.

Three of the Best

May 13, 2015

Shea Livingston After Shea Livingston’s grandfather died in 2010, she and her mother were sorting through his papers when they found an extraordinary document: a leather-bound graduation program embossed with the words…

In Their Own Words

In Their Own Words

May 12, 2015

This year’s valedictorian and salutatorian both have majors in USC Dornsife: Alexander Yuen of biological sciences and Carrie Ruth Moore of creative writing. Hailing from Sacramento, California, and Atlanta, Georgia,…